European market

Britain’s natural gas reserves are decreasing and Britain’s dependence on imported gas is growing.

This means that  it is becoming increasingly important to ensure our interconnectors can provide dependable supplies of gas into Britain. Currently there are three connections between Britain and the EU. These are:

  • BBL (Balgzand Bacton Interconnector from Bacton in Norfolk to the Netherlands)
  • Interconnector UK (from Bacton in Norfolk to Belgium)
  • The Irish Interconnectors (from Moffat in Scotland to Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man).

In addition to diminishing GB gas supplies, there has been an increasing liberalisation of the internal European gas market through EU legislation collectively called the Third Package.

As a result of the Third Package and other changes in legislation new principles and rules for access to pipeline capacity have needed to be developed and implemented alongside the design of market-based gas balancing regimes and mechanisms to facilitate efficient investment in new infrastructure.

We contribute to these developments in a number of ways including:

  • through involvement in ACER’s (Agency for the Cooperation for Energy Regulators) Gas Regional Initiatives
  • by supporting the development of European Framework Guidelines and Network Codes
  • by contributing to drafting voluntary guidelines of Good Practice within CEER (Council of European Regulators)
  • by ensuring that arrangements in Britain and on our interconnectors are compliant with European legislation and facilitate market integration.

More information can be found at:

Publications and updates

  • Published: 20th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority’s final decision in relation to National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc’s application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the third package.

  • Published: 20th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority’s final decision in relation to National Grid Gas Plc’s application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the Third Package.

  • Published: 20th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority’s final decision in relation to National Grid Interconnectors Limited’s application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the third package.

  • Published: 7th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Approval letter for access rules for the BritNed interconnector.

  • Published: 28th Mar 2012
  • Closed: 22nd May 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 18 Associated documents
This letter seeks stakeholder views on the interactions between GB and EU reforms and how we should respond.

  • Published: 21st Nov 2011
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
The Authority welcomes the proposed amendments to the IFA access rules and requests NGIL to review the revised access rules against the requirements of the electricity interconnector licence and the Electricity Regulation.

  • Published: 21st Nov 2011
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
The Authority welcomes the proposed amendments to the IFA charging methodology and requests NGIL to review the charging methodology against the requirements of the electricity interconnector licence and the Electricity Regulation.

  • Published: 10th Nov 2011
  • Other
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter explains our procedure for processing applications for certification of transmission system operators under the ownership unbundling requirements of the Third Package

  • Published: 3rd Oct 2011
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter is to approve the access rules for the EWIC submitted by EirGrid Interconnector Limited to Ofgem on 20 September 2011.

  • Published: 3rd Oct 2011
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter is to approve the access rules submitted by Moyle Interconnector Limited to Ofgem on 09 September 2011.

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